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Baseball Forever: Reflections on Sixty Years in the Game [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Ralph Kiner , Danny Peary

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März 2004
Most fans know Ralph Kiner as the New York Mets' long-tenured color commentator, but as a player he was one of the most feared hitters in the game; this autobiography allows Kiner to reveal his life story and to share his learned opinion about many topics affecting the game today.


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Ralph Kiner is a former Major League Baseball player and has been the New York Mets broadcaster since the team’s inception. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. Danny Peary has written and edited 18 books on sports and film. He is the writer and researcher for the Tim McCarver Show and the New York correspondent for the Australian magazine, FilmInk. He lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York. Tom Sever is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Baseball from a rare perspective 4. April 2004
Von Dr. John Mccollister - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Ralph Kiner is the personification of a solid role model for any baseball fan. He is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word. In this breezy account of America's greatest game, Kiner pulls no punches in terms of his feelings about those who have influenced his life--Hank Greenberg, Branch Rickey, former teammates, and his beloved late wife DiAnn. He also does not shy away from today's controversial figures, including Pete Rose and Barry Bonds. Since he was instrumental in establishing the first players' association, he is no stranger to the struggle for such things as free agency.
Those of us fortunate enough to know Ralph Kiner well enough to call him a friend, can testify that he is one of today's outstanding conversationalists who speaks the sort of truth that can come only from real-world experience. Co-writer Danny Peary has maintained the immortal slugger's unique "voice" in helping to craft this page-turner.
To the die-hard baseball fan, this book will trigger some treasured memories of the past; for the newcomer to the sport, it will reveal how the game has evolved over the past 60 years.
This is a "must read" for baseball enthusiasts everywhere.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Baseball is, to me, a carbon copy of life": A Great Player's Reflections on Baseball 12. August 2005
Von vabookreader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ralph Kiner's _Baseball Forever_, written with Dany Peary, offers readers a chance to enjoy the gentlemanly voice of Ralph Kiner, a Hall of Fame outfielder and mainstay of Mets television broadcasts since 1962. Filled with amusing anecdotes and shrewd observations, Kiner reflects on his life in baseball from the post-World War II era to the present. His story is told with candor, humor, and reassuring modesty, particularly when he discusses the highlights of his impressive Hall of Fame career in the 1940s and 1950s. He presents a reasonable, fair perspective on all aspects of the game from the post-World War II period to the present.

For those unfamiliar with his career, Ralph Kiner was a renowned home run hitter for the Pittsburg Pirates from the late 1940s through the mid-1950s. Despite the surge in home runs in the mid-1990s, Kiner remains the only player in history to win six consecutive home run titles-a true testament to his greatness as a player. Two reasons why Ralph Kiner is not better known are that he played most of his career with the cellar dweller Pittsburg Pirates and his career was shortened (to ten years) due to a back injury.

One of the strengths of the book is its structure. _Baseball Forever_ is both a chronological biography and a thematic study of baseball. This balance is handled elegantly. Chapters deal with such issues as players' colorful lives on the road; integration in the late 1940s and the internationalization of baseball in the present day; the labor movement and the rise of the player's association; the value of baseball records; baseball celebrity; and the life of a broadcaster.

Two of the strongest chapters address labor and race. In 1951, Kiner and Allie Reynolds, a pitcher for the Yankees, negotiated on behalf of players for a higher minimum salary, a more generous pension, and a percentage of television profits for the World Series and the All-Star game. This was during a time when baseball owners were all powerful due to the reserve clause, which gave owner's contractual rights to a player for the duration of his career.

Kiner's descriptions of Jackie Robinson's historic 1947 season and the slow process of integration in the late 1940s and 1950s are thought provoking. He provides a snapshot history of many great African American players who came to prominence in this era, including Dodger pitcher Don Newcombe, whom Kiner notes is not yet in the Hall of Fame but deserves to be. Kiner discusses the even slower process of integration at the management and ownership-levels in baseball.

Kiner notes in the Introduction, "it occurs to me that if you combine the years I was a young fan with the more than 60 years I have been employed in baseball, that total represents more than half the lifetime of America's pastime as a professional sport." Reading his book is an opportunity to deepen one's knowledge of baseball and life in America in general. He tells so many memorable stories about the game.

This is an excellent book for baseball enthusiasts of all ages.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Kiner's Korner of the World 24. April 2005
Von Choo Choo 62 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ralph Kiner's strength as an observer of the National Pastime (perhaps passed-time to those who enjoy football more) is that while he clearly favors the way the game was played and the way things were done in his day he is still able to find the good in and enjoy the present day.

Kiner's recollections of his career are very clearly presented. One of the more interesting revelations is that he was the only player on his team earning enough money that he did not have to work in the off-season. This enabled him to dedicate his off-season to a workout program, something not regularly done at the time.

His career has been very varied, serving as a player, minor league general manager and longtime Mets broadcaster. Ralph may even have been the Derek Jeter of his day, having dated Elizabeth Taylor and having a short term relationship with Janet Leigh. The style of the book is breezy and conversational. While Ralph's classic malapropism's have been edited, they are freely acknowledged eg; "On Father's Day we again wish you all Happy Birthday.".

Two slight quibbles with the book, although they won't bother everybody. First, as a long time (and at times long suffering) Mets fan I am very familiar with much of the anecdotal material in the book. This will certainly not be a problem for anyone who has not had the maximum exposure to Mets telecasts that I have.
The second flaw is that on a few occasions the book goes on lengthy asides with opinions on social issues. While I am sure the opinions do not differ from Mr. Kiner's own, they just do not come out in his voice. At these portions of the book, I was very consciously aware that I was reading the words of co-author Danny Peary. Not a bad thing, as Mr. Peary is a most compelling writer. It is just that the change in narrative was noticeable where it should have been transparent.

Overall a very pleasant read and time well spent with a hall-of-famer on and off the field.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good primary source on baseball history in USA 11. August 2005
Von Alicia Rodriguez - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I purchased the book for my teenager in order to give him a historical perspective on baseball in the US, however, I ended up reading the entire book first and enjoyed the many anecdotal stories and historical references from the humble beginnings of the players union to minor and Negro league ball to expansion, etc. Although Mr. Kiner generously offers his personal opinions on various important, defining changes in the baseball world, he objectively and interestingly includes other points of view.

The first half of the book is excellent baseabll history, but eventually detours towards Hollywood personalities and life styles.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Kiner's Got the Korner on Great Stories 24. Februar 2006
Von Padraic J. Buckley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Few tell a better baseball tale than Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner. For those that remember his playing days this book is sure to bring back great memories. Others, like myself, may only know Ralph as the great color man for 40+ years with the New York Mets. Trust me, it won't disappoint. Great tales of yesteryear combined with a wise outlook on the modernizing of the game and players. Kiner is honest and frank.

An easy read and a must read for those who love baseball.
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